In the wake of the Abraham Accords signed in September 2020, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs, in partnership with the Jeffrey M. Talpins Foundation, launched the N7 Initiative to help accelerate and strengthen normalization between Israel and Arab and Muslim countries, and to drive bipartisan support in the US for normalization.
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Issue Brief Dec 15, 2021
Doing it his way: How Naftali Bennett could beat the odds and wind up transforming Israel
By Shalom Lipner
Israel is experiencing the throes of growing pain. After the uninterrupted, twelve-year reign of Benjamin Netanyahu – whom many Israelis considered irreplaceable as the country’s prime minister – Israelis have a new chief. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, virtually unknown on the global stage, is moving through this uncharted territory ambitiously.
Issue Brief Aug 30, 2021
Pitching Abraham’s tent: The human dimension of UAE-Israeli normalization
By Yoel Guzansky, Shalom Lipner, Jonathan H. Ferziger, Sarah Feuer, Tomer Fadlon, Ari Heistein, Ebtesam Al Ketbi, and Noura Al Breiki
In the past year, many have written on the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab states, focusing on economic interests and emphasizing shared security interests in the region. Case studies, however, indicate that relations between countries are improved when they encompass aspects related to the lives of citizens. Incorporating an element of cultural affinity […]
Issue Brief Jul 7, 2020
Israel’s growing ties with the Arab Gulf states
By Jonathan H. Ferziger, Gawdat Bahgat
Once thought to be irreconcilable adversaries, Israel and the Gulf states have grown closer in recent years. What started as under-the-table intelligence sharing designed to counter Iran’s ambitions throughout the Middle East has morphed into greater cooperation not only on security but also on economic, political, and cultural issues.
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MENASource Aug 4, 2022
Russia is forming an alliance of pariah states in the Middle East. It might put Israel in an awkward situation in Syria.
By Ksenia Svetlova
For lack of other options, Russia is opening to Iran and is preparing to establish a new alliance of pariah states with the Islamic Republic—to the detriment of Jerusalem.
MENASource Aug 9, 2022
Israel’s military operation against PIJ was a short-term success. Here’s how it could be a longer-term one too.
By Shalom Lipner
What has been widely recognized as an Israeli tactical success could also—possibly, if not assuredly—lay the groundwork for consolidating an even more impactful strategic transformation.
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